Seda helps businesses grow

Oscar Gulwa, the founder of Expert Advice Media, left, and Theminkosi Mpanga.

About 120 clients from the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) participated in an intense two-day emerging business support programme which is offered by Absa and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism.

The programme gives business owners core business knowledge and skills needed for a successful business.

The training provided to small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) contributes to building the growth, viability and sustainability of the business.

The sessions were held in Bellville, on Wednesday and Thursday November 9 and 10, and in Stellenbosch on Monday and Tuesday November 14 and 15.

Participants are exposed to the key elements of an entrepreneurship, basic financial management, operational strategy, marketing and identifying risks and opportunities.

Should the participants pass all the assessments on this programme, they will get 45 credits towards a Seta recognised NQF Level 4 qualification.

Alex Qunta, Seda Western Cape provincial manager, said Seda wanted to ensure growth and sustainability of small businesses.

“This is done in partnership with other key strategic role players like Absa, the Department of Economic Development and Tourism.

“We do this to ensure that small enterprise sector grows and increase its contribution to the sustainable development of the Western Cape province.”

Oscar Gulwa, the founder of Expert Advice Media and a participant at the Bellville session said: “The business knowledge and skills that we are exposed to on this course will assist us to grow our businesses in a sustainable manner.”